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How to pick the right floors for your home

10/04/2016

When you decide to renovate a home or build a new one, you will have to choose a good floor type for all rooms. The floors will have a large impact on the overall look of your interior in each of your rooms. Practical, esthetical and financial arguments will all have to be taken into consideration. We listed some advantages and disadvantages of the most common floor types:

Tile floors
You can lay a tile floor in practically every part of the house. But this floor type is most useful in rooms you will use intensively and you will have to clean often. A tile floor is sustainable and ideal when you have children or pets in the house. Colors and shapes are diverse: from mosaic to gigantic marble tiles. The main disadvantage of tile floors is their cold feeling, unless you install underfloor heating, of course.

You do not change a tile floor overnight, once it’s installed, it’s there for many years.

Wooden floors
A wooden floor is equally sustainable as a tile floor: it has a long lifetime and is relatively easy in maintenance. At least, if it is finished with oil, wax or polish. Otherwise, you risk permanent stains. We would not recommend wooden floors when you have pets at home, as they might permanently scratch it with their nails. Also, it is not combinable with underfloor heating and the sun might cause it to discolor.

Do bear these disadvantages in mind when you take a wooden floor into consideration, as it is certainly not the cheapest floor type!

Laminate
If you want a more affordable floor solution, you might prefer laminate. Its smooth surface is easier to maintain. Being a hard material, laminate is a long lasting and solid floor type. On the other hand, its stiffness can create hollows underneath if you lay it on an uneven surface.

Cork
Cork is a natural product. It is made of the bark of the cork tree and you can buy it in tile or laminate form. It is a sustainable material, but it needs a new polish layer every three years. Cork floors have a great insulating capacity and they muffle sounds, but they are less suitable to combine with underfloor heating and they are costly.

Linoleum or vinyl floors
A linoleum floor is durable, it muffles sounds and it’s cheap. You have to make sure that you glue it well to the ground, to not have bubbles. Linoleum is a natural product, just like cork.

Vinyl, on the other hand, is synthetical, but it looks very much alike. It is evenly cheap, silent and solid. The thicker the vinyl, the more solid. In a room you will use intensively, you might choose for a thick layer, as damages can not be repaired.

Carpet
Ideal if you like it soft! You can cover the whole floor with carpet, or you can choose for a loose carpet on top of an other floor type. If you choose to cover the whole room with carpet, you don’t have to glue it.

Carpet muffles sounds well, but it is extremely difficult to maintain. If you are allergic, you might not use it.

Up to you!


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